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NOISE] T
e investigations into rape allegations against, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been dropped. Swedish prosecutors saying, there are no further avenues to pursue. The decision brings an aims to a seven year legal stand off, and is being heralded as a total victory by Assanges's defense lawyer, but the Australian is still a wanted man.
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Assange, has been held up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, escaping bile to take refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden over the allegation which he denies. He feeds Sweden would hand him over to the United States where he would face prosecution over WikiLeaks publication of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents.
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One of the largest information leaks in US history. With the threat of extradition removed, Assange could potentially leave the embassy. However, UK police said on Friday he will be arrested if he does, saying a warrant for the 45 year old's arrest was issued when he failed to surrender to the court on the 29th of June, 2012.
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And stating the Metropolitan Police Service is obliged to execute that warrant.